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Case Name U.S. v. Sunflower County JC-MS-0016
Docket / Court 95-CV-122 ( N.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
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Crowding / caseload
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Administrative segregation
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Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
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Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sunflower County Jail
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1995 - 2014
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
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  An Analysis of CRIPA Findings Letters Issued to Jails for Constitutional Violations by the Department of Justice
Written: Apr. 15, 2016
By: Jeff Mellow, Bryce E. Peterson & Mijin Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
Citation: Am. J. Crim. Just. (April 2016)
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4:95-cv-00122-NBB (N.D. Miss.) 08/03/2010
JC-MS-0016-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Sunflower County Jail in Indianola, Mississippi 05/03/1993
JC-MS-0016-0001 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Sunflower County Jail in Indianola, Mississippi 11/17/1993
JC-MS-0016-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Order 04/26/1995 (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-0003 PDF | Detail
Second Stipulation Amending Consent Order 09/12/2007 (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Agreement to Extend Second Stipulation and Consent Decree 09/15/2010 (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Biggers, Neal Brooks Jr. (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-0004 | JC-MS-0016-0005 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Pepper, W. Allen Jr. (N.D. Miss.)
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-0004
Dominguez, Silvia Judith (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0005 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Greenlee, Jim M. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0016-0004 | JC-MS-0016-0005
Gregg, Tammie (District of Columbia)
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
Moreton, Alfred E. III (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
Preston, Judith C. (District of Columbia)
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0001 | JC-MS-0016-0002
Defendant's Lawyers McWilliams, John Holmes (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-0004 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Ready, William E. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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